|not actually how he flew, but wasn’t he cute?|
|Dr Olsen on his first day at Tenwek Hospital|
After making our way through customs we were taken to a mission guesthouse for our first night in Kenya and our first night under mosquito nets. We were all completely exhausted! Tuesday morning we were taken to a grocery complex (general groceries in one shop, meat in another, and produce in another) and then made the four-hour trek by mission van to the town of Bomet and Tenwek Hospital. I cannot even express how gorgeous the drive was. There were open spaces overlooking immense, lush valleys and small towns. That same beauty now surrounds us in our apartment near the hospital. We can see rolling mountains by looking past the avocado trees and brick houses in front of our kitchen window. The grass is green and the air is warm but not hot. Not at all like Minnesota this time of year.
We’ve now settled into our apartment. It’s the perfect size for us with two bedrooms, a bathroom, a living room, and a kitchen. I’ll post photos soon. We’re in a building with four other families from all over the world. Pete walks to work in the morning and has even been able to make it home for lunch. That’s something that very rarely happens in the States. I’ve spent the mornings with Sam sitting in the grass under the big trees outside. I chat with the neighbors while Ella has the time of her life running barefoot through the grass with the many, many kids around us.
|she’s in heaven|
Today our focus was primarily to get Ella over her jet lag. The poor girl (or poor mama, really) was wide awake at 12:30 last night, begging to play outside. That went on for a couple hours. It was recommended to me today that I don’t let her nap so she’ll (hopefully!) sleep through the night. She went to bed about 10 minutes ago and was exhausted. Please, oh please, don’t wake in the night! I’ll let you know how it goes.
I really want to be bold in seeking relationships with other parents in the area. It’s been going well so far, but sometimes I get pretty intimidated and don’t step out to ask others to spend time with me. There are really great people here and I do want to get to know them and learn from their experiences.
- Friday Pete will be on-call on his own in one of the departments. He feels good about what he is doing in the hospital, but extra prayer for being on his own would really be appreciated.
- Please pray that Ella will be on track with sleeping by tomorrow. It would help this mama.
- Sam has a bit of a cold. He’s slept a lot today, which will certainly help.
Chai tea is a very important drink in Kenya. Today Ella and I had our first cups. Ella approves!